WhatsApp's Free Video Calling Feature Is Rolling Out Now

November 16, 2016



WhatsApp has finally rolled out support for video calling to everyone. It will arrive on Android, iPhone, and Windows devices “in the coming days,” allowing users of the popular chat app to make free, one-on-one video calls.

Placing a video call is as simple as starting a chat and clicking on the phone icon. You’ll then be given the option of making either a voice or video call. As is usually the case with this type of feature, the quality is excellent when connecting over a strong Wi-Fi signal but it may suffer when using mobile or slower connections.

The company said it introduced video calling as it was one of the most requested features among its worldwide user base of over one billion people.

"We're introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren't enough," WhatsApp wrote in a blog post. "And we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks."

Facebook may appear more focused on Messenger, but WhatsApp, which the social network also owns, is still the most popular messaging application in the world. The introduction of free video calling should help cement its position at the top.